Published at Thursday, September 28th 2017, 07:08:45 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Vintage suitcases are the perfect nightstand alternative – they are readily available and full of charm. In my bedroom, my husband's nightstand is four stacked suitcases we've collected over the years. You could easily place a single suitcase on top of a stool, like in the image shown here, and have an equally lovely vignette. Most of us have extra chairs lying around, and if you don't, they are an easy find on Craigslist or at thrift stores and make perfect, casual nightstands. Old trunks make great nightstands because of the instant character they bring to a space, and they're a nice, big storage option for those of us with smaller spaces. Painted to match a room's decor, a lovely drop‐leaf table becomes a spacious nightstand. An adjustable‐height vintage stool like this one is a nice alternative to the traditional nightstand. You can raise or lower the stool to work perfectly in its new function and even have a little room to store books underneath.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:56:50 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Toilet: Bidet retrofit. Toto's Washlet and similar products allow conventional toilets to act as both toilet and bidet with the easy addition of a new seat. The seat has an integrated water nozzle that functions as a bidet.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:56:33 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Interior. Soften it with chalk. Chalkboard paint is an easy and quick way to add some dark drama to a room. It actually creates quite a soft aesthetic, as the paint is incredibly matte. Give it a go – you can always draw some white pictures on it if it's too much!
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:56:23 AM by Manya Matveev. Dining Room. Massive paper lantern. Suspended over the table like a full moon, the paper lantern is on a grand scale, making this dining space so impressive. And while an authentic Noguchi paper lantern is stunning, there are paper lanterns available at all prices and in all sizes.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:56:14 AM by Edda Braune. Bedroom. Tuck it under a low ceiling. A sloped ceiling helps to occupy some of the visual space that a tall headboard and piles of pillows would. Buttress it with furniture. This bed backs up to an integrated shelf and bench unit that makes the long, narrow space seem snug. Orienting the bed against a wall also enhances the enveloping feel. Keep the scale large. In a tiny room, even a double or queen‐size bed will feel massive, and oversize scale translates to a feeling of comfort and warmth. You'll need enough room to walk on either side, so don't squeeze it in too tightly. Stay low to the ground. A mattress that sits on the floor feels just right for curling up and lounging. Frame it with a four‐poster. Without canopies, testers or other draped fabric treatments, four‐poster beds can feel wonderfully spare. This one provides a visual framework that helps to create a cozy sense of boundaries. Warm it with color. Vivid tomato red keeps this floating bed from feeling sterile. Layer in texture. Nubby, tactile linens and surfaces help to prevent a minimalist bed from feeling flat and one‐dimensional. Combine three or four textural yet comfortable elements, such as the woven rug, wooden planking and feathery plant in this space. Keep the color scheme basic to preserve the stripped‐down sensibility.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:55:52 AM by Natzu Shimizu. Bathroom. Celebrate luxury. "My inspiration for this bathroom was modern elegance", says Jamie Herzlinger of Jamie Herzlinger Interior Design. "Modern can sometimes get very cold, but freestanding tubs celebrate luxury and sensuality. So I personally always feel that if you have the time to enjoy a bath, whether alone or with someone else, it’s an occasion that needs to be celebrated. Nothing beats taking a bath in a freestanding tub for a sensual experience". Try this in a smaller bathroom. "Freestanding tubs, or claw‐foots for that matter, have an essence about them", says Sophia Cok of Design Associates. "They have the ability to turn bathing into a luxurious experience".
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:53:38 AM by Rosetta Loreta. Bathroom. Prepare to combat chills. There's no getting around it – open showers can be drafty, especially in the winter months. Installing a heat lamp and radiant heat bathroom flooring can offset the shivers. Mount a heated towel rack nearby, and you'll be extra toasty as you dry off. Choose an appropriate showerhead. Unless you have a very large buffer zone, a standard showerhead that angles outward can end up soaking your space. Opt for a rain‐style model, which casts water straight down, or a handheld type that allows you to control the position and flow. If you do use a more conventional model, mount it so that the spray hits an opposite wall rather than the shower opening.
Published at Monday, September 25th 2017, 07:53:21 AM by Orlene Lefebvre. Bedroom. Antique and modern accents pay tribute to tailoring. The globe is an 18th‐century sewing table, and the framed piece above is a shirt made out of a folded map of London. Dittmar designed custom bedding and pillows to conjure the crisp look of ties and pocket squares. From show house to your house: If you're stuck in a decorating rut, try playing with a theme in one of your bedrooms. It can be something bold – like a sports‐theme kid's room – or something more subtle, like Dittmar's design. But by giving yourself a path to follow, you'll have less trouble deciding on what pieces to use. The amazing art installation in this bathroom is by artist Michele Pred, who uses airport‐confiscated scissors and knives in much of her work. The design team worked with Pred to create a specific installation for this space – a bathtub full of silver scissors snagged by the Transportation Security Administration.